ARTIFACTS explores culture, looking at myths, assumptions, and fantasies, and places them in a new context. The work is informed by feminism. Performance art well suits this process and, while the performances may contain many personal and specific images and text, our intention is to investigate how women have been/are being formed, and to reveal our attempts to negotiate this formation. The tension is between the personal and the formal, which raises questions for us as to the nature of feminist art practices and women’s roles in society.
While concentrating on performance, ARTIFACTS has also has created sound and video works and visual exhibitions. Recent works include: Pentimenti, Gallery 1313 and Individual Points of Fiction, A Space Gallery in Toronto 2012; Pacing the Cage, Collisions 2006, Victoria; The Voyage Out for Buddies in Bad Times’ Hysteria : A Festival of Women; and Passing (2001), 7A11D International Performance Art Festival. Other works include: Detale (detail), presented for Roundup, 89; Attending II, staged as part of the series Access to the Process at A Space Gallery; Attending the Interior, performed at The Banff Centre, and Suburban Mirage, staged in the Danceworks series at Winchester St. Theatre, Toronto. Earlier works included performances in theatres, the street, and at the Theatre Centre and Partisan Gallery. ARTIFACTS will be performing this spring at EdgeZones International Performance in Miami with Miklos Legrady.